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5 Things You Need To Know if You are Taking a Weight Loss Medication

Weight loss medications can be very effective for some individuals, but it's important to approach them with caution and awareness. Here are five things you will need to do when you begin a weight loss medication.

Eat Consistently

You will need to eat consistently throughout the day, even though you may experience a significant reduction in your appetite. Eating consistently well help to prevent the loss of lean muscle mass, as you begin to lose weight. This will also help to ensure you are getting the necessary nutrients that you need, and therefore, prevent potential nutrient deficiencies. Eating consistently throughout the day also helps to keep your metabolism functioning normally.

Regular Exercise

Do you exercise regularly now? If you take a weight loss medication, it is necessary to include regular strength-focused exercise, which again will help to prevent the loss of lean muscle mass. Exercise, both strength and cardiovascular, are necessary, when you reach your goal weight and want to maintain that weight.

Eat Enough Protein

Consuming adequate protein throughout the day is another important consideration when taking a weight loss medication. Consuming your recommended daily protein intake will help you to maintain your lean muscle mass. When weight is lost quickly, often lean muscle mass is lost, unless you are consuming the recommended daily amount of protein you will need.

Test AND Retest your Body Composition

You should have your body composition assessed, and then rechecked again later in the process. This will help you to understand if its fat mass or muscle mass that you are losing. If you're losing muscle mass along with fat, adjustments may be needed in your diet, exercise routine, and/or medication. 

Eat Enough Fiber

Another important nutrition consideration is to ensure that you are consuming adequate fiber in your daily meals. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will ensure you are consuming enough fiber. One consequence, when taking one of the new weight loss medications, is delayed gastric emptying, which could result in constipation. Consuming adequate fiber in your daily meals will help to prevent constipation.

****Bonus! Work with a Registered Dietitian!  

A Registered Dietitian can create a tailored nutrition plan that complements your weight loss medication. They will consider your specific health needs, dietary preferences, and lifestyle factors to ensure you're getting the right nutrients, while managing potential side effects of the medication. And a dietitian can provide ongoing support and education, helping you build sustainable habits that contribute to long-term weight management success beyond the medication period.

Weight loss medications can be a helpful tool for some people who are struggling to lose weight. Still they should be considered under the guidance of a healthcare provider. They are just one part of a comprehensive approach to weight management that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and behavioral changes.

I work with clients taking weight loss medications and help ensure they are making a plan for both short and long-term success. Sessions are covered by most insurance plans, schedule an appointment today!

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